ICF International Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated Jun 3, 2015
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at ICF International (Washington, DC) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Phone interview for 30 minutes. Then 5 or 6 in-person interviews, all in one day. One of them was a lunch. It was very laid back. They were nice. Do some research about their current projects to impress them.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if one of your team members were not pulling their weight?   Answer Question
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    Country Manager for DHS Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at ICF International (Rockville, MD) in January 2014.

    Interview

    ICF International brought me to their Rockville, MD office for an interview. Over 4 hours, I interviewed with 8 people. It was a bit intense, because they obviously wanted to maximize flying me down by meeting as many people as possible. Since the position for the DHS, I also had to analyze a DHS table and write a few paragraphs about my analysis.

    Interview Questions

    • The interviewers were very intent on hearing about survey experience that I had. I have some, but at a much smaller scale than what they were looking for. I'm not sure what type of survey experience anyone could have that matches the DHS experience- ie: there are only so many large, national, population-based surveys.   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at ICF International (Fairfax, VA) in November 2013.

    Interview

    I submitted my application online and was contacted by email a month or so later to set up a phone interview. The phone interview was only 15-20 minutes long and consisted of questions regarding location, interests, and long-term career goals.

    Two weeks after the phone interview, I received an invitation for an in-person interview at their main office, which was scheduled to be a week later. The day began with an introductory presentation about the company. There were about ten of us, and each interviewee was put in an unoccupied office. The interview process involved three separate interviews. Two of the interviewers were very casual and nice, but one was a nightmare. He asked unexpected technical questions, and he made hurtful remarks about my inability to answer one of his questions about cost benefit analysis.

    The interviews were followed by lunch with recently hired employees in similar positions. It went longer than expected. Lunch was followed by a brief tour of the building, but I had to leave early due to fear of missing my flight. My cab was taking its time getting there, and I awkwardly sat with other applicants waiting for cabs after they had completed the tour. I could have taken the tour while waiting and looked silly for leaving.

    Overall, it was not a positive experience. Needless to say, I did not get an offer, and they did not bother to follow-up and tell me that.

    Interview Questions

    • I had listed a climate law course on my resume. The course focused on the Kyoto Protocol and post-Kyoto negotiations. I was asked to place climate change mitigation strategies along a curve, comparing cost and effectiveness. I was unprepared for that.   1 Answer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at ICF International (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I was referred directly to the hiring manager for a specific position from an employee on a different team. HR was disorganized and more difficult to deal with than average, but still friendly and professional. At times I wondered if this was intentional/part of the interview. The interview was a full day, with 1 person from HR and 5 people on the team I was interviewing with. The interview included a lunch meeting and a meeting with HR. All the team members seemed engaged and interested in the interview, but each 20 minute interview ended 5-10 minutes early because the team members were so busy.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview was mostly behavioral. The only technical questions I was asked were very specifically related to past experience on my resume. I believe one person looked up a technical report that I had published through my last job, where I was part of a team. I was asked how some of the information was calculated in that report and to describe exactly what technical components I contributed.   1 Answer
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at ICF International (Fairfax, VA) in August 2013.

    Interview

    After I submitted the online application for half a month, I received a telephone interview invitation and talked with the recruiter several days later and she asked for my writing sample. And a week later, I received another telephone interview with the project manager. The third step is on-site interview with five members of the project, around 2.5 hours.

    Interview Questions

    • One of the question I didn't prepare is that what is your experience with difficult customer.   Answer Question
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    Social Media Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at ICF International (Beltsville, MD) in August 2013.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter, explained position, company, and project. Contacted an additional time by email by another recruiter, with the details of the interview. 4 person panel interview, 2 left for the remaining technical questions.

    Interview Questions

    • No unexpected questions. What did I think of existing outreach efforts, basic social media technical questions, my future goals and if they fit what they were looking for (time commitments and such). Gave me a project to do with a quick turn around time.   Answer Question
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    Energy Efficiency Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at ICF International (Washington, DC) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Applied through the ICF website, contacted in about a week or two. Interview was at the office (no phone interview) and was 4 hours with 5 different people. Mostly personality type questions and them telling you about the position. There were no technical questions during my interview. It's been about 2 weeks and I have not heard anything back just yet.

    Interview Questions

    • Once again, all personality questions so for example, "Tell me about a time where you had to deal with an obstacle."   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person – interviewed at ICF International (Rockville, MD).

    Interview

    I was contacted by HR via phone and was asked a couple of basic questions about my skills. We then scheduled an interview a few days later.
    During the interview I met with the hiring manager, who was very pleasant. She asked a few general questions about my experience, and took some time to explain the position a little bit. Then she asked some standard cookie cutter questions, "Explain a time where you overcame adversity." "Explain a time where you had to work in a group."
    After that, I met with a couple of younger employees who asked similar questions about my background experience. Again, pleasant for the most part.
    Next, I met with two other managers who simultaneously interviewed. Questions about my experiences were asked again, followed by more cookie cutter interview questions, "Do you prefer working in a group or working individually?" ect. These interviewers were also considerate and were very engaging.
    Towards the end of these interviews, the hiring manager popped in to inform me that I was the first to be interviewed and that I should hear back from them in a couple of weeks.
    I thanked them and left, sending thank you letters that day.
    Two weeks later after hearing nothing, I called. The hiring manager informed me that they were still interviewing and that HR should contact me soon. That was over five weeks ago. Nobody ever contacted me.
    What I did not tell them was that four days after my interview, I noticed that a LinkedIn member updated their job title as a Research Assistant on the ICF page on the same day that I had interviewed. There had only been one RA position open for the last few months. My best guess is that they hired another candidate that day on the spot. Not only did they fail to notify that the job was filled, they lied to me when I asked about it.

    I understand not being selected for the position, it happens. What I don't appreciate, however, was how the company chose to handle the post interview process.

    I hope that anybody interviewing for the company has a better experience than I did.

    Interview Questions

    • Most questions were standard questions found on "job interview help" websites.   Answer Question
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fairfax, VA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at ICF International (Fairfax, VA).

    Interview

    Got contacted by a recruiter from ICF and was told to set up a time for a phone interview. After I set up a time it took 3 months before the actually phone interview was conducted. THe interview itself was generally easy and positive. After the interview, I was told that someone would contact me in a few days to see if I made it to the next round. I went weeks without hearing back from them.

    Interview Questions

    • What books have you read in the last 3 months that have had a lasting impact on your life?   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 dayinterviewed at ICF International (Washington, DC) in February 2012.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume online through a DC career website. The position required a lot of quantitative analysis so the questions revolved around my quantitative abilities. I enjoyed talking to my interviewer.

    Interview Questions

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